Cloth Doll Making

Patti Medaris Culea explores and shares the world of Cloth Doll Making. From the very basics of drawing cloth doll faces to sculpting doll heads, Patti takes the often challenging process of making doll heads, bodies and hands and turns it into a fun and easy project.
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Tutor Name(s): Patti Medaris Culea
Level: Beginner
Programme: On Demand Masterclasses
Duration: 4.5 hours
About

Patti Medaris Culea explores and shares the world of Cloth Doll Making in this exciting workshop from Studio Galli Productions. From the very basics of drawing cloth doll faces to sculpting doll heads, Patti covers everything you will need to know and demonstrates the process of making cloth doll faces and heads step by step.

Patti takes the often challenging process of making doll heads, bodies and hands and turns it into a fun and easy project. Follow along with the enclosed pattern + instructions as you learn to stitch the body, make doll heads, hands and bodices and more.

This series includes a detailed materials list and a bonus cloth doll pattern.

Series Key Learnings:

  • Drawing Doll’s Faces
  • Sewing Flat and Dimensional Doll Heads
  • Working with Colored Pencils and Shiva Paintstiks™
  • Making (Sewing, turning and Stuffing) Doll hands
  • Learning Cloth Doll Body Basics
  • Creating cloth doll heads, bodies, hands and feet
  • Wire Armatures for Arms and Legs
  • Body Contours and Highlights
  • Choosing and Sewing on Hair and Wigs
  • Ideas from Friends (Gallery Showing)
  • Direct Dyeing the Body and Flesh Tones
  • Painted Shoes, Laces and Trims
  • Creating an Embellished Bodice and Arms
  • Pulling it All Together
  • Adding Finishing Touches
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Sessions Overview
Session 1
Making Faces pt.1

In this introductory session to the series, be guided by Patti to make faces, learn to draw and colour a cloth face and master the skills of adding facial features and highlights.

Session 2
Making Faces pt.2

Elevate the basics you mastered in Session 1 and learn to draw both a flat-face head and a dimensional head. Patti will also guide you to colour the face using Shiva Paintstiks.

Session 3
Giving them Hands

Hands can often feel like a daunting task in the doll-making process, but with Patti’s top tips you’ll feel confident to give your doll hands. Master the turning, wiring and stuffing process of fingers & hands, followed by a step-by-step of sculpting the hands.

Session 4
Making Cloth Doll Bodies pt.1

In Session 4 of the series you’ll take a look at the body of your doll. To begin, you’ll discover the process of sewing the body and head, you will then be guided to make a wire armature and stuff the body. To complete this session you will learn to attach the head to the body.

Session 5
Making Cloth Doll Bodies pt.2

Having completed Session 4, you will complete making the body for your doll. Patti will develop your skills of sculpting the busy & body, sewing the arms and legs and adding body highlights. You’ll then learn the attach the arms with a wire armature as well as how to select and sew on hair and wigs. You’ll complete this session with appreciation for the doll creations from industry friends.

Session 6
Direct Dyeing and Fiber Embellishments

In the penultimate session of the series, Patti will provide her tips and tricks for direct dyeing the cloth doll body and fabric painting for clothing and shoes. Be guided to create embellished fabrics for arms, bodies and bodices and finally to accessorise your cloth doll with laces, shoes and cuffs.

Session 7
Pulling it all together

The final session of the series provides everything you need to know to complete your doll and Patti fills you with inspiration in her discussion of ideas for Cloth Doll Making for your future projects.

Materials & Preparation

Course members will receive access to a full materials list, plus a bonus doll pattern provided by Patti.

Meet the Master: Patti Medaris Culea

Patti Medaris Culea is a master art cloth doll creator. With more than 12 books in print and 5 video projects with Galli Creative, she has inspired thousands of doll creators from Australia to the Czech Republic. Patti continues to teach and produce videos for Galli Creative. Her doll patterns continue to delight and inspire cloth doll makers of all skill levels.

Find out more about Patti Medaris Culea:

Website: patticuleadolls.com
Facebook: Patti Medaris Culea Designs 
Pinterest: @pattimedarisculeaclasses

Galli Creative

Galli Creative produces educational workshops focused on textile, stitch, surface design and encaustic arts. Their teaching format is self-guided featuring some of the leading art instructors in the world. Most instructors are published with DVDs and books in print, and many have achieved the highest recognition in their field.

In addition to producing educational workshops, Galli Creative produces archival educational video for leading museums. Their documentary film work has taken them from Southeast Asia to Latin America to Europe with an emphasis on fashion, creativity, sustainability and restorative methods.

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